The first multiplier event of COMBI project – Communication Competences For Migrants And Disadvantaged Background Learners In Bilingual Work Environments – took place on the 7th and 8th June 2017 in San Sebastian (Spain). Two days of international speakers, stakeholders and experts in minority language gathered attracting many participants at local and international level.
In the wonderful venue of the Auditorium of the University Library (EHU – Basque Public University) at Carlos Santamaria Zentroa, participants actively discussed about minority language and health care in Europe.
The multiplier event in San Sebastian was an important occasion to present the first results of the project. In particular, on the 7th June Gwennan Higham – COMBI team – introduced Needs assessment and collection of good practices. Petra Elser and Ana Labaka spoke about IO2 Teacher Training Toolkit. On the 8th of June recent research and best practices of the field were presented by international speakers and the participants had a chance to be a part of developing on-line modules for teacher training in interactive group conversations.
Matilde Monetti (Language for Work network, Germany) gave an interesting speech on a paper called How to help adult migrants develop work-related language skills?
Also, Xabier Aierdi – COMBI advisor – and Gorka Moreno – Director of the Immigration Observatory of the Basque Country – discussed about Special needs of migrants in training and accessing the labor market and presented interesting research on this topic.
COMBI is co-funded by Erasmus+ KA2 – Strategic Partnerships for adult education – with the main aim to develop innovative and inclusive/systemic practices and methods focused on acquiring communication competences in the languages required in the workplace.
The project partnership holds together 6 organisations:
- Coordinator: Fryske Akademy (The Netherlands),
- Elhuyar-Zubize (Spain),
- Banaiz Bagara elkartea (Spain),
- Centro per lo Sviluppo Creativo “Danilo Dolci” (Italy),
- Axxell Utbildning AB (Finland),
- Swansea University (United Kingdom).
For further information, please contact Dario Ferrante.